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good evening i'm gasia mikaelian. >> and i'm frank somerville. we're minutes away from the president's state of the union address. want to get another update on that situation in southern california. rob roth has been monitoring this all from the news room. rob. >> reporter: the cabin where authorities believe christopher dorner has been holed up continues to burn. s.w.a.t. teams lobbed tear gas canisters in about 90 minutes ago and soon after the cabin erupted in flames and thick smoke. law enforcement officials say they're unsure if dorner is still inside. earlier today just after noon a
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man described as resembling dorner stole a pickup truck. authorities spotted it anteman they believed it dorner ran into the cabin and exchanged gunfire. one deputy was killed and another injured. the wounded deputy is expected to survive. a sheriff's department spokeswoman wouldn't say what the next move would be. reporting live in the newsroom, rob roth, ktvu channel 2 news. >> the mayor of los angeles held a news conference and sent his condolences to the family of the deputy killed. we'll stay on top of the situation there. right now what we'll do is send you off to washington, d.c. for the president's state of the union address. >> as we see the first lady now entering the chamber, keep in mind if there are any changes in that developing situation in big bear you're going to see a crawl on the lower part of your tv screen to let you know. we'll be updating the situation live on tv 36. we go now to fox's coverage of president obama's state of the
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union address. >> you are looking live at the chamber of the house of representatives and in the u.s. capitol where in a few minutes president obama will a congress and american people. hello again. i'm chris wallace reporting from the russell rotunda on capitol hill. president is set to deliver the first state of the union of his second term. he will focus jobs and the economy and lay out his agenda immigration reform and gun control and climate change. he will explain his plan to prevent $85 billion in automatic spending cuts due to kick in march 1st.
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for more on what the president will say tonight, wendall goller joins us. >> tonight's speech is all about the middle-class. president will say a rising middle-class is the true engine of economic growth. his aides will say inaugural and two acts in the same place. is republicans didn't see much bipartisan in the first act. john boehner says he doesn't have the guts to stand up to his own party. that is preemptive strike likely the expected criticism of boehner not standing up to the tea party and agreeing to a balance of spending cuts and additional revenue to reduce the deficit. on international matters, half the 70,000 u.s. troops now in afghanistan will be home by this time next year. we knew that. he'll criticize north korea's nuclear test saying that country will not be allowed back into the international community.
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>> chris: i wanted to tell people what you are seeing. these are members of the cabinet. it's a remark sight, state of the union address. the entire united states government is there. the gray hiavd gentleman there in the center of the screen is the new white house chief of staff who may have the second toughest job and attorney general eric holder but the entire government is here. all of the senate and house and cabinet and joint chiefs of staff. the supreme court, it's quite a remark sight. on a slightly grizzly note, one member of the cabinet is always told to stay away to be in effect in hiding so if something should happen, there would be somebody to run the u.s. government. in this particular case it is energy secretary steven chew.
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i was there at the briefing that he gave today and he really went after the president. he said that he lacks the courage hearing lacks the guts to take the liberal side of the party and made his basic point that president obama would pursue and he does in his speech tonight, taxes on the rich, but unwilling to get tough on entitlements which, of course, is an anathema to the left wing of the party. >> while he has refused to agree to some to raise for example retirement for medicare but has agreed to reduce social security benefits by enacting a different method for cost of living increases. white house claims that he has put $1.4 trillion cuts on the table. republicans don't agree all of those are cuts. it counts is savings from ending
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the wars if iraq and afghanistan, but the president will contend tonight that the country is much further along toward dealing with its spending program, dealing with its deficit problem than republicans will accept. we'll hear a different version of that from marco rubio when he delivers the republican response. >> chris: we should point out eat your spinach. he will talk about the enormous debt problem, $16 trillion and growing. there was some after his inaugural address he did not talk enough a primary concern of the american people, is jobs, getting people back to work. he understands obviously there are budget constraints to it. he is going to have a jobs in a sense, stimulus too in the state of the union address? >> part way he'll do that is
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addressing other issues he tstt arererere important in ecoc terms. for example, immigration reform is actually an economic issue, bringing 11, 12 million people out of the shadows and making them a part of the country is an economic issue. likewise, alternative energy and giving renewable energy is an economic issue and he will address many of nation's difficulties in that manner. he will also say we can't expect to be a leader in the 21st century economy if we continue to lag behind other countries in education. he will call for investments in education. any time he says investments. republicans say deficits and spending and they tend to object. >> we asked house speaker
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boehner today investments and he said if that were the cure to our problems, with all the money the president has spent we would be great shape. but the two gentlemen, vice president and house speaker on the right. they will be sitting behind the president. a moment ago we had a picture of wisconsin congressman paul ryan. had things gone differently on election night he would be sitting behind president romney but he is member of the house of receipt identifies. you see john kerry, long time senator from massachusetts and new secretary of state, a job many say he was born and bred for. you can see at the top of the any, the gallery. it's fascinating some of the people in the gallery. it's become now some would say a flag show, some would say a kind of theater that members of
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congress, the first lady, they bring a variety of people to sit in the gallery. everybody from gabrielle giffords, the victim of a terrible shooting. here you see first lady michelle obama. somewhat interesting in her box, i don't see the person there, a young 20-year-old man named alan alaman who is an illegal immigrant from nevada. he is someone the country, he is one of so-called dream act people. he was brought to the country as a child. president has ordered that there be no deportation of any of those people who were brought to the country as illegal immigrants, as children who are either in school or in the u.s. military. i was saying before, gabrielle giffords is going to be there. a big and ted nugent who got in
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trouble when he said he would be in dead or jail if obama were re-elected, secret service was not amused by that. >> that earned him a meeting with the secret service was business like but one that ted nugent was looking forward to and the first ladies, parents of 15-year-old. she was shot and killed in chicago days after having performed in the inaugural parade in washington. the president has noted the focus on dealing with gun violence is being very much driven by the murders of 20 young school children in connecticut, but he says the killings across the country on daily basis are equally tragic. last month, 40 people in chicago 500 killed in that city last year. >> chris: that's right. and one of the teachers from sandy hook elementary is first grade teacher who sheltered her
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children and was able to save to them from adam lanza, he is in the box, as well. we are running seven minutes behind schedule. chief washington correspondent, james rosen. you know this was supposed to be timed 90 seconds. president is not here yet. >> these are staged events and sometimes things happen and they don't run on time. probably the president preparing for his remarks. this is fascinating event on capitol hill. it dates back to 1790 and it is in the constitution. >> chris: we're about to get the call with a big announcement. mr. speaker, the president of
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the united states! [ applause ] >> this state of the union is going literally members of the house and senate to the house chamber and will sit there for five, six hours so they can be right on the aisle and have this moment to shake hands with the president and say hello. sometimes if there is a problem in their district the president will promise to follow up. literally, you can't put a sign out, they will sit there for hours to get this exchange. >> you can tweet it out later, i suppose. we hear the state of the union as a long list of policy
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prescriptions but this is kickoff of the second term and kickoff of the legislation session. there is a lot of things he want to push through this congress. it doesn't seem he is going to get all of them and after marco rubio has delivered their response the president will hit the road and do campaign style events to push through gun control, immigration reform, perhaps climate change. >> chris: it's fair to say that the big legislative idea, plan that he has is immigration reform. that is, quite frankly, an indication what happened in the election. he got 71% of the hispanic vote in november. mitt romney got 27% and republicans know they have to get on the right side of this issue. so republicans as well as democrats are working to try to come up with some kind of
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compromise. president realizes this is one of the few areas the legislators are working on their own and taking a back seat. it will be interesting how he talks about this tonight. he doesn't want to get in the way and make it an obama plan because it's harder for republicans to support. >> he is laying out broad principles and let the legislators do the heart fighting so he can come down and sign something and tout it as a legislative accomplishment. we saw it in health care reform. let's not forget the unemployment rate is still hovering around 8%. we have 66,000 people over in afghanistan, big drawdown and still 30,000 after that. >> chris: the drawdown is one of the things he will announce, 68,000 now but he will announce wayne year it will be reduced in a half cut to 34,000 and then we're almost out of afghanistan,
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token force by the end of 2014. >> not done with terrorism. >> but done with the big land wars. it will be complicated to explain. one of the go things that will happen. as the president speaks all down the left-hand side you can see the president greeting the chief justice, john roberts, as you are looking president to the left of him will be all the democrats. to the right of him will be all the republicans. sometimes you'll see one side of the house stand up and cheer. other times the other side will cheer. left side it's the democrats, on the other side, it's the republicans. >> that is one big observation we'll be trying to make now.
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>> chris: that fellow he hugged is mark kirk the senator that suffered a severe stroke and has just returned very moving that he has been able to make it all the way back to this session of congress. >> it's inspirational to see him climb the steps. one thing we'll be looking for what effort the president makes to reach out to the other side, to show some bipartisan spirit, this is a president that campaigned that he would do that and he hasn't been able to do that. 14 1/2 minutes we have the president ready to deliver his state of the union address. [ applause ]
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>> chris: i can tell you, no love lost between the president and speaker of the house. as opposed to the president and first lady. [ applause ] >> thank you. thank you. >> members of congress, i have the high privilege and distinct honor to present to you the president of the united states. >> thank you. thank you. [ applause ]
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you're welcome. thank you very much. thank you so much. thank you. thank you very much. thank you. >> mr. speaker, mr. vice president, members of congress, fellow americans, 51 years ago, john f. kennedy declared in this chamber that the constitution makes us not rivals for power but partners for progress. [ applause ] >> it is my task, he said, to report the state of the union, to improve it is the task of us
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all. tonight thanks to the grit and determination of the american people, there is much progress to report. after a decade of grinding war, our brave men and women in uniform are coming home. [ applause ] >> after years of grueling recession our businesses have created over 6 million new jobs. we buy more american cars in five years and less foreign oil than we have in 20. [ applause ]
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>> our housing market is healing our stock market is rebounding and commerce and homeowners enjoy stronger protections than ever before. so, together we have cleared the way the rubble of crisis. we can say with renewed confidence that the state of our union is strong. [ applause ] >> but we gather here knowing there are millions of americans whose hard work and dedication have not yet been rewarded. our economy is adding jobs, but too many people still can't find full-time employment.
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corporate profits have skyrocketed for all time highs but wages and incomes have barely budged. it is our generation's task to re-ignited the true engine of america's economical growth, a rising and thriving middle-class. [ applause ] >> it is our unfinished task to restore the basic bargain that built this country. the idea that if you work hard and meet your responsibilities, you can get ahead no matter where you come from, no matter what you look like or who you love, it is our unfinished task, to make sure that this government works on behalf of the many and not just the few. that it encourages free enterprise, rewards individual
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initiative and opens the doors of opportunity to every child across this great nation. [ applause ] >> the american people don't expect government to solve every problem. it will doesn't expect us to agree on every issue but they do expect to put the nation's interests before party. [ applause ] >> they do expect us to forge reasonable compromise when we can. for they know that america moves forward only when we do so together.
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that the responsibility of improving this union remains the task of us all. our work must begin by making basic decisions about our budget decisions that will have a huge impact on the strength of our recovery. over the last few years, both parties have worked together to reduce the deficit by more than $2.5 trillion, mostly through spending cuts but also raising tax rates on the wealthiest 1% of americans. as a result we are more than halfway towards the goal of four trillion dollars of deficit reduction that economists say we need to stabilize our finances. now, we need to finish the job. the question is, how? in 2011 congress pa passed a law saying if both parties couldn't agree on plan to reach our deficit goals, about a trillion
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dollars worth of budget cuts would automatically go into effect this year. this sudden, harsh arbitrary cuts would jeopardize our military readiness and devastate things like education and medical research and certainly slow our recovery and cost us hundreds of thousands of jobs. that is why democrats, republicans, business leaders and economists have said that these cuts, known here in washington as the sequester, are a really bad idea. now, some in congress have proposed preventing only the defense cuts by making even making bigger cuts in education and job training, medicare and social security benefits. that idea is even worse. [ applause ]
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>> yes, the biggest driver of our long term debt is the rising cost of healthcare for an aging population, and those of us that care deeply about programs like medicare must embrace modest reforms, otherwise our retirement programs will crowd out investments that we need for our children and jeopardize a secure retirement for future generations. we can't have senior citizens and working families to shoulder the entire burden of deficit reduction while asking nothing more from the most wealthiest and most powerful. [ applause ] >> we won't grow the middle-class by shifting the
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cost of health care or college onto families that are already struggling or forcing xluints to lay off more teachers and more firefighters. most americans, democrats, republicans and independents, understand that we can't just cut our way to prosperity. they know that broad-based economic growth requires a balanced approach to deficit reduction. with spending cuts and revenue. with everybody doing their fair share. that is the approach i will offer tonight. a medicare i'm prepared to enact reforms that will achieve the same amount of health care savings as the memories by the simpson-boles commission. [ applause ] already the affordable care act is helping sloe the growth of health care costs. heef rms i proposing go
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even further. it will reduce taxpayer subsidies to prescription drug companies and ask more from the wealthiest. we will bring down costs by changing the way our government pays for medicare. our medical bills shouldn't be ordered on tests ordered offer days spent in the hospital. it should be based on the quality of care our seniors receive. [ applause ] >> i am open to additional reforms from both parties as long as they don't violate a secure retirement. our government shouldn't make promises that we can't keep but we must keep the promises we've already made. [ applause ]
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>> to hit the test of our deficit reduction target. we should do what both parties have suggested and save hundreds of billions of dollars to get rid of tax loopholes for the well off and well connected. after all, why would we choose to make deeper cuts to education and medicare just to protect special interest tax breaks? how is that fair? why isn't deficit reduction is a big emergency juvg making cuts in social security benefits but not closing loopholes. how does that promote growth? [ applause ] >> now is our best chance for bipartisan, comprehensive tax reform that encourages job creation and helps bring down the deficit. [ applause ]
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>> we can get this done. [ applause ] >> the american people deserve a tax code that helps small businesses spend less time filling outcome reply indicated forms and more time expanding and hiring. a tax code that ensure billionaires can't work the system and pay a lower rate than their hard working secretaries. a tax code that moves jobs overseas but create incentives to create jobs right here in america. that is what we can do together. [ applause ] >> i realize that tax reform and entitlement. will not be easy. the politics will be hard for both sides. none of us will get hundred
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percent of what we want, but the alternative will cost us jobs, hurt our economy, hardship on hard working americans. let's set party interests aside and work on a budget that replace reckless cuts with wise very many times in the future and let's do it without the brink manship that a scares off investors, greatest nation on earth cannot keep conducting its business by drifting from one manufactured crisis to the next. we can't do it. [ applause ] >> let's agree right here and right now that keep the government open and pay our bills on time and uphold the
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full faith and credit of the united states of america. [ applause ] >> the american people have worked too hard for too long rebuilding from one crisis to see their elected officials cause another. now, most of us agree that a plan to reduce the deficit must be part of our agenda. let's be clear. deficit reduction alone is not an economic plan. [ applause ] >> a growing economy that creates good middle-class jobs, that must be the northstar that guides our efforts. [ applause ] >> every day we should ask
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ourselves three questions, how do we attract more jobs to our shores? how do we equip our people with the skills they need to get those jobs? how do we make sure that hard work leads to a decent living? a year and a half ago i put forward an american jobs act, independent economists said would create million new jobs and i thank the congress for passing some of that agenda. i urge this congress to pass the rest, but tonight i'll lay out additional proposals that are fully paid for and fully consistent with the budget framework both parties agreed to just 18 months ago. let me repeat. nothing i'm proposing tonight should increase our deficit by a single dime it's not a bigger government we need but a smarter government that sets priorities and invest in broad-based
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growth. that is what we should be looking for. [ applause ] >> our first priority is making america a magnet for new jobs and manufacturing. after shedding jobs for ten years, our manufacturers have added about 500,000 jobs over the past three. caterpillar is bringing back jobs from japan. ford is bringing jobs back from mexico and this career, apple will start making macs in america again. [ applause ] >> there are things we can do right to now to accelerate this trend. last year we created our first manufacturing innovation institute in youngstown, ohio, a once shuttered warehouse is a state of the art lab where master the 3-d printed that go
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has a potential to revolutionize everything we are making. there is no reason this can't happen in other towns. i am announcing three more manufacturing where we will partner with defense and global centers of high-tech charges and i am asking 15 of he is hubs and guarantee the next revolution in manufacturing is made right here in america. we can get that done. [ applause ] >> if we wanted to make the best products, we also have to have invest in the best ideas. every dollar we invested to map the human genomo returned $140 to our economy. every dollar.
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today our scientists are mapping the human brain to unlock the answers to amends. they are developing drugs -- answers to alzheimer's. >> they are devising new materials to make batteries more powerful. now is not the time to gutted these job creating investments. now is the time to reach a level of research and development not seen since the height of the space race. we need to make those investments. [ applause ] >> today, no area holds more promise than our investments in american energy. after years of talking about it we're finally poised to control our own energy future. we produce more oil at home than we have in 15 years. we have doubled the distance our cars will go on a gallon of gas
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and amount of renewable energy with sources like winds and solar with tens of thousands of new jobs to show for it. we produce more natural gas than ever before and nearly everyone's energy bill is lower because of it. over the last four years, our missions of the dangerous door one pollution have actually fallen -- emissions have actually fallen. for the sake of our children and our future, we must do more to combat climate change. [ applause ] >> now, it's true that no single event makes a trend, but the fact is that 12 hottest years on ordove al come in the last 15.
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heat waves, droughts, wildfires, floods, all are more frequent and more intense. we can choose to believe that super storm sandy and most severe drought in decades and the worst wildfires some states have ever seen were just a freak incident, or we can choose to believe in the overwhelming judgment of science and act before it's too late. [ applause ] >> now the good news is we can make meaningful progress on this issue while driving strong economic growth. i urge this congress to get together, pursue a bipartisan market based solution to climate change, like the one john mccain and joe lieberman worked on a few years ago, but if congress won't act soon to protect future generations, i will. i will direct my cabinet to come
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up with executive actions we can take now and in the future to reduce pollution, repair our communities for -- repair or communities for climate change and speed toward more sustainable choices of energy. in four years ago other countries dominated the clean energy market and the jobs that came with it and we begun to change that. last year wind energy added nearly half of all new power capacity in america. let's generated even more. solar energy gets cheaper by the year, let's drive down costs even further. as long as countries like china goes on clean energy, so must we. in the meantime, the natural gas boom has led to cleaner power and greater energy independence. we need to encourage them. that is why my administration will keep cutting red tape and speeding up new oil and gas permits. that has to be part of the all
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above plan, but i also wanted to work with this congress to encourage the research and technology that helped natural gas burn even cleaner and protects our air and our water. in fact much of or new found energy are from land and walls that we, the public own together. i propose some of those revenues to fund an energy security trust that will drive new research and technology to shift our cars and trucks off of oil for good. it's a non-coalition of admirals and ceos can get behind the idea we can get together. it will keep us from the painful spikes in gas prize that we have put up with too long. will let cut in half the energy wasted by our homes and
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businesses in half in the next 20 years. >> we'll work with the states to do it. those states were had a have the best energy by more efficient building will receive federal support to help make that happen. america's energy sector is just one part of an aging infrastructure badly in need of repair. ask any ceo where had he would like locate and hire, a country with deteriorate roads and bridges but one with high-tech schools and self-healing power grids. ceo of siemens america said that if we upgrade our infrastructure, they will bring more jobs. that is the attitude of a lost companies all around the world. i know you want these job creating problems in your district.
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so, tonight i propose a fix it further program to put people to work on urgent repairs, like the 70,000 deficient bridges across the country. [ applause ] >> to make sure taxpayers don't shoulder the whole burden, i am proposing a partnership to rebuild america that attracts private capital to upgrade what our businesses need most, modern ports to move our goods, modern pipelines to withstand a storm, modern schools worthy of our children. let's prove there is no better place to do business than here in the united states of america and let's start right away. we can get this done. part of our rebuilding effort
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must also involve our housing sector. good news is our housing market is healing from the collapse of 2007. home prices are rising at the fastest pace in six years. home purchases are up nearly 50% and construction is expanding again, but even with mortgage rates near a 50-year low, too many families with solid credited who want to buy a home are being rejected. too many families who never missed a payment and want to refinance are being told, no. that is holding our entire economy back. we need to fix it. right now there is a bill in this congress that would give every responsible homeowner in america the chance to save $3,000 a year by refinancing at today's rates. democrats and republicans have supported it before. what are we waiting for?
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take a vote and send me that bill. [ applause ] >> why would we be against that? why would that be a partisan issue, helping folks refinance? right now overlapping regulations keep responsible young families from buying their first home. what is holding us back? let's streamline the process and help our economy grow. these initiatives in manufacturing, energy, infrastructure, housing, all these things will help entrepreneurs and small business owners expand and create new jobs. none of them will matter unless we also equip our citizens with the skills and training to fill those jobs. [ applause ]
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>> that has to start at the earliest possible age. you know, study after study shows that the sooner a child begins learning, the better he or she does down the road, but today fewer than three in ten four-year-olds are enrolled in a high quality preschool program. most middle-class parents can't afford a few hundred bucks a week for private schools and poor kids that need help the most, this lack of access to preschool education can shadow them for the rest of their lives. tonight, i propose working with states to make high quality preschool available to every single child in america. [ applause ] that is one thing we should be able to do.
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[ applause ] >> every dollar we invest in high quality childhood education can save more than $7 later on by boosting graduation rates, reducing teen pregnancy and reducing violent crime. in states that make it a priority to educate our youngest children on like georgia or oklahoma, studies show students grow up more likely to read and do math at grade 11, graduate high school, hold a job, form more stable families of their oven. we know this works. let's do what works and make sure that none of our children start the race of life behind. let's give our kids this chance. [ applause ]
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>> let's make sure that high school diploma puts our kids on the path to a good job. countries like germany focus on high school students with a equivalent with a technical degree from one of our community colleges. those german kids, they ready for a job when they graduate high school. they have been trained for the jobs that are there. now, schools like petac in brooklyn, a collaboration between public schools and university of new york and i.b.m., they will graduate with a diploma and associate's degree in computer or engineering. we need to give every american student opportunities like this. and four years ago.... [ applause ] >> four years ago we started race to the top a competition convinced every state to develop smarter curriculum all for about
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1% what we spend on education. i'm announcing a new challenge, to redesign america's high schools so they better equip graduates for the demands of high-tech economy. will reward schools with partnerships and colleges and employers and classes that focus on science, technology, engineering and math. the skills that employers are looking for to fill the jobs right now and will be there in the future. even with better high schools, most young people will need some higher education. it's a simple fact. the more education you've got the more likely you are to have a good job and work your way into the middle-class. today skyrocketing costs puts too many young people out of a higher education or saddle them with unsustainable debt. through tax credits, grants, and loans we have made colleges more
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affordable over the last few years. the taxpayers can't keep subsidizing higher and higher costs for higher education. colleges must do their part to keep costs down and it's our job to make sure they do. [ applause ] >> so tonight i ask congress to change the higher higher education act so affordability will determine which colleges will receive federal aid. tomorrow my administration will release a new college score card that parents and students can use to compare schools based on a simple criteria, where you can get the most bang for your educational buck. to grow our middle-class, our citizens have to have access to the education and training that today's jobs require. we also have to make sure that
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america remains a place where everyone who is willing to work, everybody who is willing to work hard and has a chance to get ahead. our economy is stronger when we harness the talents and ingenuity of striving and hopeful immigrants. right now leaders from the business, labor, law enforcement faith communities, they all agree that the time has come to pass comprehensive immigration reform. now is the time to do it. now is the time to get it done. [ applause ] reality reform means stronger border security and we can build on the progress that my administration has already made, putting more boots on the southern border than any time in
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our history and reducing illegal crossings to the lowest levels in 40 years real reform means establishing a responsible pathway to earn citizenship a path that includes passing a background check, paying taxes and meaningful penalties, learning english and going to the back of the line behind the folks trying to come here lemonly. [ applause ] -- legally. >> and real reform means fixing the legal immigration system to cut waiting periods and attract the highly skilled entrepreneurs and engineers that will help create jobs and grow our economy. [ applause ] >> in other words, we know what needs to be done. as we speak, bipartisan groups in both chambers are working
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diligently to draft a bill and i applaud their efforts. let's get this done. send my a comprehensive immigration reform bill in the next few months and i will sign it right away and america will be better for it. let's get it done. let's get it done. [ applause ] >> we can't stop there. we know our economy is stronger when our wives and mothers and daughters can live their lives free from discrimination in the workplace and free from the fear of domestic violence. today the senate passed the violence against women's act that joe biden wrote almost 20 years ago and i urge the house to do the same. [ applause ]
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>> and i ask this congress to declare that women should earn a living equal to their efforts. finally pass the paycheck fairness act this year. [ applause ] >> we know our economy is stronger when we reward an honest day's work with honest wages. today a full time worker making minimum wage earns $14,500 a year. even with the tax relief we put in place. a family with two kids that earns minimum wage still lives below the poverty line. that is wrong. that is why since the last time raised the minimum wage, 19 states have bumped theirs even
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higher. tonight let's declare in the wealthiest nation on earth, no one who works full time should have to live in poverty and raise the federal minimum wage to $9 an hour. [ applause ] >> we should be able to get that done. >> this single step would raise the incomes of millions of working families. it could mean the difference between groceries or the food bank, rent or eviction. scraping by or finally getting ahead. for businesses across the country, customers with more money in their pockets. a whole lot of folks would need less help in government. in fact working folks shouldn't have to wait year after year for the minimum wage to go up while ceos pay has never been higher.
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here is something that governor romney and i agreed on last year let's tie it to cost of living so it finally becomes a wage you can live on. [ applause ] >> tonight let's also recognize there are communities in this country where no matter how hard you work, it's virtually impossible to get ahead. factory decimated from years and inescapable pockets of poverty where young adults are fighting for their first job. america is not a place where chance of birth or circumstances should provide destiny. that is why we need to build new ladders of opportunity in the middle-class for all that are willing to climb them. let's offer incentives to hire
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americans that have been out of work for so long. and rebuild vacant homes in run down neighborhoods. this year my administration will begin to partner with 20 of the hardest hit towns in america to get these communities back on their feet. we'll with work with local leaders to target resources and public safety and education and housing. we'll give new tax credits to businesses that hire and invest and work to strengthen families and do more to encourage fatherhood. what makes you a man isn't the ability to conceive a child but the ability to raise one. we want to help that. [ applause ] >> stronger families, stronger
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communities, a stronger america. it is this kind of prosperity, broad, shared, built on a thriving middle-class that has always been the source of our progress at home. it's also the foundation of our power and influence throughout the world. tonight we stand united in salute go the troops and civilians who sacrifice every day to protect us. because of them, we can say with confidence that america will complete its mission in afghanistan and achieve our objective of defeating the core of al-qaeda. [ applause ] >> already we have brought home
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33,000 of our brave ser advice men and women. this spring, our forces will move into a support role while afghan security forces take the lead. tonight, i can announce that over the next year another 34,000 american troops will come home from afghanistan, this drawdown will continue and by the end of next year the war in afghanistan will be over. [ applause ] >> beyond 2014, america's commitment to a unified and sovereign afghanistan will endure. but the nature of our commitment will change. we're negotiating an agreement with the afghan government that focuses on two missions, training and equipping afghan forces so the country doesn't
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slip into chaos and counterterrorism efforts that allow us to pursue the remnants of al-qaeda and their affiliates today the organization that attacked us on 9/11 is shadow of its former self. [ applause ] >> it's two different extremist groups have emerged from the arabian peninsula to africa. the threat these groups pose is appalling but to meet this threat we don't need to send tens of thousands of our sons and daughters abroad and occupy other nations. instead we need to help countries like yemen and somalia provide for their own security and help our allies like in mali. where necessary to through a range of capabilitys we will take direct action against those
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terrorists that pose a gravest threat to americans. [ applause ] >> now, as we do, we must enlist our values in the fight. that is why our administration has worked tirelessly to forge a durable, legal and policy framework to guide our counterterrorism efforts. throughout we have kept congress fully informed of our efforts. i recognize that in our democracy, no one should take my word for it but we are doing things the right way. so the months ahead i will continue to engage congress to ensure not only that our targeting detention and prosecution of terrorists remains consistent with our laws and system of checks and balances but then our efforts are more transparent to the american people and to the world of course.... [ applause ]
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>> our challenges don't end with al-qaeda. americans will continue to lead the effort to prevent the spread of the world's most dangerous weapons. the regime in north korea must know they will only achieve security and prosperity by meeting their international obligations. provocations of the sort we saw last night will further isolated them as we stand by our allies and lead the world in taking firm action and response to these threats. likewise, the leaders of iran must recognize that now is time for diplomatic solutions because a coalition stands united in demanding that they meet their obligations. we will do what is necessary to prevent them from getting a nuclear weapon. [ applause ]
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>> at the same time, we'll engage russia and reduce our arsenals. because our ability to influence others depends on our willingness to lead and meet our obligations. america must us also face the rapidly growing threat from cyber attacks. we know hackers steal people's identities and infiltrate private emails. we know foreign companies swipe our corporate secrets. now our enemies is seeking the ability to sabotage our power grid, financial institutions our air traffic control systems. we cannot look back years from now and wonder why we did nothing in the face of real threats to our security and our economy. that is why earlier today i
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signed an executive order that will strengthen our steiber information system to protect our national security our jobs and our privacy. [ applause ] >> but now, congress must act as well by passing legislation to give our government a greater capacity to secure our networks and deter attacks. this is something we should get done on a bipartisan basis. even as we protect our people we should remember that today's world presents not just dangers and threats, but it presents opportunities. to boost american exports, to support american jobs, and level the playing field in the growing markets of asia, we intend to complete negotiations on a
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transpacific partnership. i am announcing we will do a transatlantic trade and partnership with the european union because trade that is fair and free across the atlantic supports millions of good paying american jobs. [ applause ] >> we also know that progress in the most impoverished parts of our world enriches us all. not only because it creates new markets, more stable order in certain regions of the world but also it is the right thing to do. there are many places people live on a little more than a dollar a day. so the united states will join with our allies to eradicate such extreme poverty by connecting people to global economy and by empowering women and giving young meijdz new opportunities to serve and
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helping communities to feed and power and educate themselves. by saving the world's children from preventable deaths and by realizing the promise of an aids free generation which is within our reach. [ applause ] >> america must remain a beacon to all who seek freedom during this period of historic change. i saw the upon of hope last year in burma, and they welcomed an american president into the home where she had been in prison for years. when thousands of burmese waved american flags including a man that said, there is a justice and law in the united states. i want our country to be like that. in defense of freedom, will
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remain the anchor of strong alliances from the america to africa, from europe to asia. in the middle east we will stand with citizens as they demand their universal rights and support stable transitions to democracy. [ applause ] >> we know the process will be messy and we can't presume to dictate the course of change in countries like script but we insist on respect for the fundamental right of all people. we'll keep the pressure on syrian regime that has murdered its own people and support opposition leaders that respect the right of that and stand steadfast with israel for security and lasting peace. [ applause ]
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>> these are the messages i'll deliver when i travel to the middle east next month. all this work depends on the courage and sacrifice of those who serve in dangerous places at great personal risk. our diplomats, our intelligence officers and the men and women of the united states armed forces. as long as i'm commander in chief we will do whatever we must to protect those who serve their country abroad and we will maintain the best military the world has ever known. [ applause ] >> we'll invest in new
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capabilities as we reduce waste and ensure equal treatment for all service members and equal benefits for their families, gay and straight. [ applause ] >> we will draw upon the courage and skills of our sisters and daughters and moms because women of proven under fire they are ready for combat. we will keep faith with our veterans, investing in world class care including mental health care for our wounded warriors. [ applause ] >> supporting our military families, giving our veterans the benefits of education and job opportunities that they have earned.
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i want to thank my wife michelle and joe biden for their continued dedication serving military families as well as they have served us. thank you. [ applause ] >> defending our freedom, though is not just the job of our military alone. we must all do our part to make sure that our god given rights are protected at home. that includes one of the most fundamental rights of a democracy. trite vote. [ applause ] >> when any american, no matter
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where they live or what their party are denied that right because they can't afford to wait for five or six or seven hours just to cast a ballot, we are betraying our ideals. so.... [ applause ] >> so tonight i'm announcing a non-partisan commission to improve the voting experience in america. it definitely needs improvement. i'm asking two long time experts in the field who, by the way, recently served as the top attorneys for my campaign and governor romney's campaign to lead us. we can fix this. we will. american people demand it and so does our democracy. [ applause ]
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>> of course, as i said tonight, it matters little if we don't come together to protect our most precious resource, our children. it has been two months since newtown. i know this is not the first time the country has debated how to reduce gun violence. this time is different. overwhelming majorities of americans, americans who believe in the second amendment have come around common sense reform like background checks that will make it harder for criminals to get a gun. senators of both parties are working together on tough new laws to prevent anyone from
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buying guns for resale to criminals. police chiefs are asking help to get weapons of war and massive magazines off our streets, police chiefs are tired of seeing their guys and gals outgunned. >> each of these proposals deserve a vote in congress. [ applause ] >> if you want to vote no, that is your choice, but these proposals deserve a vote because in the two months since newtown, more than a thousand graduations anniversaries have been stolen from our on lives by a bullet from a gun. more than a thousand.
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one of those we lost was young girl, she was 15 years old. she loved fig newtons, she was majorette. she was so good to her friends, they thought they were her best friends. just three weeks ago, she was here in washington with her classmates performing for her country at my inauguration. a week later she was shot and killed in a chicago park after school. just a mile away from my house. her parents are in the chamber tonight along with more than two dozen americans whose lives have been torn apart by gun violence. they deserve a vote. [ applause ]
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>> they deserve a vote. [ applause ] >> they deserve a vote. [ applause ] >> gabrielle giffords deserves a vote. the families of newtown deserve a vote. the families of aurora deserve a vote. the families of tucson and countless other communities torn by gun violence, they deserve a vote! [ applause ] >> they deserve a simple vote. our actions will not prevent
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every senseless act of violence in this country. in fact no laws, no initiative, no administrative acts will perfectly solve all the challenges i've outlined tonight, but we weren't standing here to be perfect. we were sent here to make what difference we can to secure this nation, to expand opportunity, uphold our ideals through the hard often frustrating but absolutely necessary work of self-government. we were sent here to look out for our fellow americans, the same way they look out for one another every single day, usually without fanfare all across this country. we should follow their example. we should follow the example of new york city nurse when
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hurricane sandy plunged her house into darkness, she wasn't thinking about how her own home was faring, her mind was on the 20 precious newborn in her care and rescue plan she devised that kept them all safe. we should follow the example of a north miami woman. when she arrived at the polling place she was told to wait to vote might be six hours. as time went by her concern was not with her tired body but whether folks like her would get to have a say. hour after hour, people stayed in line to support her because she is 102 years old. they erupted in cheers when she put on sticker that read, i voted. [ applause ]
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>> we should follow the example after police officer named brian murphy. whether a gunman opened fire on a sikh temple in wisconsin, brian was the first to arrive and he did not consider his own safety. he fought back u until help arrived and ordered his fellow officers to protect the safety americans worshipping inside even as he lay bleeding from 12 bullet wounds.
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when asked how he did that, brian said, that is just the way we're made. that is just the way we're made. we may do different jobs and wear different uniforms and hold different views than the person beside us. as americans we all share the same proud title. we are citizens. its word that just doesn't describe our legal status but it describes the way we're made. it describes what we believe. it captures the enduring ideas that this country only works when we accept certain obligations to one another and a of future generations and our rights are wrapped up in the rights of others. that well into our third century as a nation. it remains the task of us all as
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citizens of these united states to be the authors of the next great chapter of our american story. thank you. god bless you and god bless the united states of america. [ cheers and applause ] >> chris: president obama completing the first state of the union speech of his second term, a speech that clocked in just under one hour. clearly the emotional platform and climax at the speech was towards the very end when he began talking about gun control, talking about some of the victims of violent crime, some of them and some of the survivors in the house gallery.
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he said that they deserve a vote. they deserve a vote on gun control. they deserve a vote on the measures he has proposed. gabby giffords and families of aurora. a lot have written in and wondered about those green ribbons that a number of the members of congress are wearing and even the vice president directly behind the president. those were distributed by a group called the newtown action alliance in honor of the victims of gun violence. that is what the green ribbons are about. let's talk about the president's speech in total. at the very beginning, he quoted john f. kennedy in a speech 51 years ago saying that he reached out to members of both parties and said we are partners for progress. in fact during the speech there was little partnership but if there was there was partnership
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on doing it my way. he went after republicans. sequestration and cuts at the end of the month, their idea of double up on social cuts is even worse. ideas they have passed in the past, republicans want to protect the wealthy and balancee elderly and middle-class. he then proposed a number of measures he said would be fully paid for but involved government action and government investment as we put it on energy, on education, on entrepreneur, on manufacturing. i suspect that republicans are not going to have much enthusiasm for that. and big push for immigration reform. james rosen is with me. let's talk to you about the president's speech. >> certainly it was a technically flawless speech in terms of the delivery. being at home with the material.
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at ease with it. there were some political moments, when he discussed the sequester he said that congress passed a law. he didn't mention i signed this law for the sequester. there were a lot of points, particularly in the domestic policy section of the peach that struck me being lofty in sound but kind of empty in the substance. he talked about i propose doing something to ensure that all children in america have access to early childhood education. he didn't say that was going to be. another pointed he talked about launching talks on international trade but what the talks would actually achieve or how the talks would be successful. there seemed to be me a lot of that. on foreign policy, that was not really the focus of the speech he talked about the range of capabilities we will employ in
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pursuing terrorists abroad, a vague reference to drones and framework he has created to permit to us go after terrorists in way that is lawful. that is probably met with some skepticism in the chamber as well. >> chris: he did mention north korea. they launched a nuclear device, they tested a nuclear device last night. the president said provocations we saw last night will only isolate them further as we strengthen our own missile defense in spochx to these threats. he didn't say much more. quite frankly he can't do much more than that given the fact, unless you go to the war with north korea we can't i am poets any more sanctions. inquiry sanctioned out to take reprice wills there. >> and one of the few times both sides of chamber rose in unison was when the president said pledge to stand by israel and
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its security. he would keep the pressure up on the syrian regime that is murdering its own people. a lot of people feel this administration hasn't brought a lot of pressure to bear on the syrian regime. >> chris: we want to point out as the president leaves the house chambers, marco rubio the rising star of the republican party. florida senator is going to be giving the republican response. stand by for this. it should be interesting in the sense of somebody that could be, few weeks after the president's inauguration but perhaps one of front runners for the 2016 republican nomination for president. he is getting an opportunity tonight to show what he is made of. the thing that struck me about the president's speech it was kind of familiar. this is what we heard during the campaign, talked about a balanced approach, spending cuts and tax increases, talk about
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more government sbeph, talk about growing the economy from the middle out, the northstar of the country is growing economy and middle-class which we heard a lot about. interesting that he only pledged his willingness, modest reforms to the medicare system even though he acknowledged it's the key driver of our debt. when he talked about modest at this to same to cut only $4 trillion over ten years time he didn't talk about balancing the budget and eliminating our debt. he talked about just trying to get to the four trillion dollar mark which is only one-quarter of the debt. >> chris: that is right. in fact he, as you know, republicans say the four trillion number is inflated and includes the fact we are not going to be spending money on the wars. we're not going to be fighting anymore, reduced interest and republicans say what he is not
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doing sufficiently is shrinking the size of government. having government spending. so a lot of it is i have to say republicans did the same thing. they talked about not fighting wars and therefore being able to save money. that tends to be something that the green eye shade boys that real saving. >> in contrast with the president's last two major speeches he seemed a little more joyful here. he seemed to be enjoying himself a little more here. he delivered some lines with a smile. in all he was cheerful and he launches his legislative push for this year on gun control, on immigration reform and on debt and deficits and potentially on other things. >> it was interesting on on immigration reform. he treaded lightly on that. one of the reasons he did because the republicans and
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democrats in the house and senate, bipartisan groups have been moving forward on immigration reform. i think he is mindful of the idea, don't get in the way because if he tries to put too many of his fingerprints on it he makes it tougher for republicans to sign on. he set broad principles and then said, go to it. if you sign a bill, pass a bill i'll be happy to sign it. >> joint session of two houses now resolved. >> the president shaking a few final hands and about to leave the chamber. we're told that exactly five minutes after -- i'm not sure left the chamber or not. he s sed shrghhe doorway. five minutes after that, looks like he is endorsing somebody's check. now, he has left the chamber. five minutes from now, marco rubio will be giving his response. james, thank you so much for
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your valuable insights. the president has had his say on the grandest of stages. in a few minutes we'll get the republican response, in this year it's unusual attention because senator marco rubio will be speaking for the g.o.p. and is a rising star in the republican party. if he does well tonight, he will widely be seen as the face of the g.o.p. here in washington. joining me now is former senator advisor to george w. bush and fox news contributor karl rove. >> good evening. >> chris: before we get to rubio your reaction to the speech tonight? >> it was familiar, not very familiar if you listened to his inaugural speech which emphasized social issue. he returned to the themes about investing in the economy and spending more money. i have been looking at a tally. $50 billion for the fix it program, $15 billion for the
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project rebuild. billion dollars to expand the manufacturing centers. preschool for all, center for american progress couple days issued a study, $25 billion a year. subsidies for wind research for cars to run on electricity and natural gas, mortgage rates financing a program for master teachers on science technology, engineering and math. redesigning high schools. president said all these things could be done without adding to the deficit which really strains credibility. >> i was going to pointed out. he is not going to add a dime to the deficit. >> chris: you don't buy it? >> i don't. look, this is the problem having a focus poll tested speech. you say things in sort of a a global sense but when you begin to talk about the particulars, there is tension between the two. we're not going to add a dime to the deficit and i'm going to talk about spending and these
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are white house fact sheet themselves. a billion for this, 15 for this, unspecified amounts. the fairness of some of these, on mortgage refinancing we're going to take money from people who have paid off their mortgage or who are paying their mortgage and not refinancing it or rent in order to to give $3,000 in cash plus a write off of closing costs and on appraisal fees for people that do refinance. how fair is that? we have a pretty amazing list of spending items. then in white house fact sheets to support the presidency, there are remarkable ideas that the president talked about that sounded good. he talked about it being more competitive. >> chris: we have limited time and get your thoughts about thoughts. we're about to hear from marco rubio. what are the opportunities for him and possible risks

State of the Union 2013
FOX February 12, 2013 6:00pm-7:30pm PST

News/Business. The president's speech describes the current condition of the country to the American people. New.

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